NEW YORK (Reuters) – Highlights of the sixth day at the U.S. Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, at Flushing Meadows on Saturday (times in GMT):
2305 PLISKOVA BEATS TOMLJANOVIC IN STRAIGHT SETS
Czech fourth seed and former finalist Karolina Pliskova made quick work of Ajla Tomljanovic, beating the Australian 6-3 6-2. Pliskova sent down 20 aces and raced through the match without dropping serve.
Djokovic dispatches old rival Nishikori to reach fourth round
Relentless Raducanu races into U.S. Open last 16
Stephens suffers abuse on social media after U.S. Open loss
Berrettini survives five-set test to reach U.S. Open fourth round
Bencic serves up masterclass to reach U.S. Open fourth round
Sakkari powers past Kvitova to reach U.S. Open fourth round
Andreescu rolls through to U.S. Open fourth round
Osaka earns support after announcing break from sport
Osaka suffers shock loss in U.S. Open, plans to take break from the sport
Osaka to take break, brings more concern over mental health struggles
U.S. Open order of play on Sunday
2150 SINNER SEES OFF MONFILS
Italy’s Jannik Sinner came through a gruelling five-setter against Frenchman Gael Monfils, winning 7-6(1) 6-2 4-6 4-6 6-4 to reach the last 16 for the first time.
2140 SWIATEK SURVIVES KONTAVEIT TEST
Poland’s Iga Swiatek, the seventh seed, was pushed to three sets by Estonian Anett Kontaveit, but rallied to reach the fourth round with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory.
Both players smashed six aces apiece, but Kontaveit made 35 unforced errors to hand Swiatek the upper hand in the close contest.
2130 DJOKOVIC BATTLES PAST NISHIKORI
Top seed Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam and 21st major title with a battling 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 6-2 win over former finalist Kei Nishikori.
2010 RADUCANU BLITZES SORRIBES TORMO
British teenager Emma Raducanu dismantled Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-1 in just 70 minutes to book a second consecutive Grand Slam fourth round berth, after her run to the last-16 at Wimbledon in July.
1855 BERRETTINI BATTLES PAST IVASHKA IN FIVE SETS
Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini came through his first five-setter of the tournament against Belarusian Ilya Ivashka 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4 2-6 6-3.
The Italian sixth seed fired 27 aces and won 84% of his first-serve points as he wrapped up the match in three hours 46 minutes.
1830 ANDREESCU ON HER RELATIONSHIP WITH TENNIS
“I think with anything you’re passionate about, it’s always a love/hate relationship, because you want that thing so bad all the time, you want to be perfect. In my case, it’s tennis,” said Canada’s Bianca Andreescu.
“A lot of the times it can be difficult when things don’t go your way. You get injured or Naomi (Osaka) had to deal with a lot with like media, social media, all that stuff. I think that’s part of the game…”
1750 BENCIC SCORES ROUTINE WIN OVER PEGULA
Olympic champion and 11th seed Belinda Bencic, who reached her maiden Grand Slam semi-final at Flushing Meadows in 2019, eased past local hope Jessica Pegula 6-2 6-4.
1730 SAKKARI DOWNS KVITOVA TO SET UP ANDREESCU CLASH
Greece’s Maria Sakkari caused a minor upset by taking out Czech 10th seed Petra Kvitova 6-4 6-3 to reach the fourth round and set up a meeting with 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu, who swept aside Belgium’s Greet Minnen 6-1 6-2.
1510 PLAY UNDERWAY
Sixth seed and 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu began her third-round match against Belgian Greet Minnen in Louis Armstrong Stadium. The first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium features 10th seed Petra Kvitova taking on Maria Sakkari.
Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic faces Kei Nishikori of Japan later in the day session.
(Compiled by Dhruv Munjal, Simon Jennings and Anuron Kumar Mitra in Bengaluru; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)